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WIndows 8 tablets with docks!

Microsoft, steal this idea!

I was listening to Windows Weekly the other day and Laporte and Thurott were discussing ARM based Windows 8 tablets, versus Intel desktops, and how Microsoft's strategy is windows everywhere (as opposed to some sort of fragmented windows like we have now, and which was much worse in the past).  What seems to be escaping people is the idea of the dock!

You could have an ARM based tablet that is ultra thin (think iPad), that runs on an ARM chipset, with a portable ATI or NVIDIA graphics processor that runs Windows 8 in tablet mode just fine (and perhaps some desktop apps just fine).  On that same tablet you can also have more  processor intensive applications like games, photoshop, and adobe premier - they just won't run when you are only in tablet mode.  This is where a dock comes in handy.

You could have a dock that contains a quadcore CPU, a few more GB of RAM, and a more souped up graphics card that's connected to an ethernet connection, keyboard, mouse and monitor (and perhaps has some USB and thunderbolt ports on it).  You plop the tablet into this dock and you've got a computer capable of running demanding applications that can't run in tablet mode.  Your apps travel with your, so they are not stuck in your dock, and whenever you have access to a dock capable of running your apps you can run them.  Remember, when docked you will have 2 CPUs, 2 sources of RAM, 2 sources for video cards, and potentially more storage (since you can store more stuff to an external hard drive attached to the dock).

When you're all done, just take the tablet and go! You can have a dock at work and a  dock at home, and if you're one of those traveling types, you could have docks in hotel rooms, at conference centers and presentation rooms!  I also envision cases where you have the possibility of connecting to a DVR to download your recordings onto your tablet, or just play the games on your tablet on your big screen TV (xbox portable?)

I really don't know why this tablet/dock idea doesn't immediately pop out to everyone else - I can't be the only one :-)
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